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doing up a house, bit by bit

 

todo: todo list January 31, 2009

Filed under: kitchen — dom @ 11:47 am

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blackboard

We followed John’s lead and went and bought some blackboard paint and cut down some MDF. Half an hour later and we had a perfectly sized little blackboard to hang next to the fridge to keep track of required goods. It currently has ‘dog food’ and ‘piri piri’ chalked on it. Last week it was ‘poo bags’ and ‘whisky’. Some conclusions could be drawn.

 
 

floored and painted April 15, 2008

Filed under: kitchen — dom @ 11:55 pm

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We’ve finished the kitchen! Well, apart from the blinds, but heh.

Turns out the only colour that really goes with cream units, red fridges, grey tiles and wooden worktops is er, cream. So the walls have been painted in a colour almost indistinguishable from the units. At least we’ll have touch up paint for when the inevitable chips and scrapes turn up.

We also had to do some handcrafted skirting boards, since various parts had been ripped up or damaged during the rest of the work. It turned out the assuming the house had corners at 90 degrees was naive.

We went for a modernish silverish squarey flooring in an attempt to tie together the tiling with the rest of the room. At one point we found ourselves close to spending 200 pounds on a mat well. Needless to say this was quickly rejected.

And after much searching we found a nice red bin that wasn’t hundreds of pounds (bins, along with taps, confuse me. I don’t understand how something so fundamental can be so expensive) and the ceiling, walls and floors are all finished off nicely. Oh, and the newly fitted kickplates also mean no more potatoes rolling under the kitchen units.

 
 

guestimates December 9, 2007

Filed under: kitchen — dom @ 6:06 am

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Back in September the builder confidently told us fitting our kitchen would take a week. Things were initially thrown off by the other builder (the one who was to take a chimney down and do the replastering) had a heart attack the day they were due to start. Eep!

We were then held up a couple of weeks by some other grumbling builders (”Dunno why they’re bothering with this. I wouldn’t have bothered.” - summed them up pretty well). They seemed to begrudge any work they were getting paid for. Certainly a way to ensure you never receive repeat business!

The kitchen fitter soon got to work, and took 2 weeks to get all the units and worktops in. Another 2 weeks saw the plumbing, gas, tiles and electrics in. The electrics took a couple of attempts, and a mildly zapped builder (I don’t think it’s a bad survival tactic to keep screwdrivers away from live electrics). The walls still need painting, the floor laying and the kickplates put down. But it’s now a usable kitchen, with all our stuff in it. And it looks even better than we thought. Just 6 weeks over the initial estimate. Thank goodness for fixed cost agreements with optimistic builders.

 
 

smeeeeg October 25, 2007

Filed under: kitchen — dom @ 5:20 am

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smeg fridge

A total excess, really, but one we’ve lusted over for a long time. Our new kitchen is going to be cream with hints of crazy bright red. This item is part of the latter.

It’s all been calculated very carefully, but the thing’s huge! Hopefully we’ll be able to get in to the new kitchen once it’s in place. Regardless, it has an inbuilt wine rack. Which I intend to keep in heavy rotation as soon as I get chance.